I’m a parent of three kids, and regardless how much I would love to say that I’ve got my ducks in a row with them… I CAN’T. Parenting is HARD work. It’s grueling. It will stretch you in ways you never dreamed imaginable. You can find a LONG list of parenting books well worth reading the author’s grain of salt that tell how you to make it less painful. Today I wanted to focus down on the top five parenting books I’ve read since I became a parent that have made a positive difference in my life.
Top 5 Parenting Books
1.) Growing Up Social: Raising Relational Kids in a Screen-Driven World
I’ve written a full book review and another post wrapped around this book on my blog. I currently have a giveaway live for Growing Up Social: Raising Relational Kids in a Screen-Driven World until November 9, 2014. This book makes you wake up and realize just how much of our time is spent behind a screen versus with our kids interacting with them. It is also filled with practical advice as to how we can fix that issue. It’s an overall well-rounded book that is one you’re going to want to add to your to-read list NOW.
2.) The 5 Love Languages of Children
This is another book by Chapman that will change the way you treat your kids. Just like adults, children have a love language too. They just show it in a different manner at times than adults do. Sometimes it’s not always easy to identify their love language. This book does a remarkable job of giving parents a way of comprehending how their child views love and receives it. A child who is loved and cared for is more likely to respond to correction too.
3.) You Can’t Make Me But I Can Be Persuaded
This is book is for the parent that has a strong-willed child. I personally have two of them. (One of them isn’t that strong-willed, but he can be stubborn at times.) This is for those kids who rebel at every corner. I found this book to have a lot of worthwhile advice. At the time that I read it, I implemented many of the suggested plans that the author provided, and they made a clear difference.
4.) 101 Kids Activities That Are The Bestiest Funnest Ever!
I don’t know about you, but I struggle with coming up with fun activities to do with my kids that don’t involve technology during those cold, extremely hot, and rainy days. I wasn’t born with the crafty gene at all. This book is filled with LOADS of EASY to do activities that are a sure-fire win for almost any home. There is something for almost every kind of interest in it.
5.) Mother of All Meltdowns
This is NOT a parenting how to book or a book filled with parenting ideas. It is a book though that I feel every parent should read because it paints a realistic picture of what ALL parents really do go through. We can ALL relate to the events that take place in Mother of All Meltdowns in some form or fashion. I also recommend you watch the movie Mom’s Night Out!
This is my personal round-up of quality worthwhile parenting books to read. They will all change the way you parent in some form or fashion. They won’t bore you to death either.
What is a parenting book that you would add to this list?